In the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s Heat/Bobcat game, Dwyane Wade was fouled by Ramon Sessions. Right after the foul, Wade lifted his left leg and kicked Sessions in the groin. There was no foul call on Wade whatsoever. No punishment.
That’s about right. After all, the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for one game for a groin punch on the Mavericks’ O.J. Mayo about two weeks earlier.
Still, Wade’s groin kick has continued a disturbing behavioral pattern. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst actually wrote about “Wade’s dirty play” earlier today.
Standing alone, this is just another testy moment in a game that was tight at the time. But looking at Wade’s actions over the past few seasons, it is part of a case file that is building and increasingly getting him unsavory attention.
Here are the most memorable incidents:
• During a game in Boston in the 2011 regular season, Wade was hit with a flagrant foul for shoving Kevin Garnett after Garnett had leveled Mike Miller with a screen.
• In the 2011 playoffs, Wade got wrapped up with Rondo while going for a loose ball. After Rondo elbowed Wade, he appeared to stick his leg out and sweep Rondo to the court. It resulted in Rondo dislocating his elbow. At the time, Wade said it was inadvertent.
• Wade broke Kobe Bryant’s nose, raking him from behind during an unusual physical play during the 2012 All-Star Game. Bryant had fouled Wade twice previously in the game.
And that’s only some of the incidents. He blindsided Darren Collison in the playoffs in a heated Heat/Pacers playoff series. He threw a forearm at Richard Hamilton against the Bulls. Lakers and Celtics fans certainly won’t forget Wade anytime soon but not because he’s a great player but he’s become a dirty player in their eyes.
The Heat went on to beat the Bobcats, 105-92. Wade will miss the game against the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.